Sierra Leone: Floods Kill Hundreds As Mudslides Bury Houses.
Sierra Leone is prone to floods but this time around, it took the country unprepared. More than 300 people have been killed in mudslides and flooding near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early Monday August 14, 22017, following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud.
A correspondent at the scene said many people may have been asleep when the mudslide occurred. The number of casualties is expected to rise.
Locals were reportedly trying to recover bodies from the rubble and mud with their bare hands.The worst-hit area is thought to be the Regent district on the outskirts of Freetown, where dozens of houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed at about 6am.
Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told reporters that 312 were confirmed dead and warned the toll could rise further.
Another spokesman for the Red Cross, Abubakarr Tarawallie, told reporters that at least 100 properties had been submerged and that some had collapsed after a section of Sugar Loaf mountain came down
This flood has rendered about 2000 people homeless already, this is according to an official of the sierra Leone disaster management committee He also said a huge humanitarian effort will be required to deal with the aftermath of the floodin